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Esports all around the world are slowly starting to kick off again for the new year. The two biggest MOBA esports, Dota 2 and League of Legends, have already started their respective competitive circuits. The Dota Pro Circuit is set to officially kick off on 18 January, while League of Legends’ esports leagues in China and South Korea beginning their Spring splits for the 2021 season.
Do note that the status of some events may have changed after publishing because of the coronavirus.
2021 Dota Pro Circuit
Date: 18 January - 14 March
After its 2020 season was cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic, the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) will finally be returning in 2021 with a new regional league system. Under the new system, the DPC will be split into six regional leagues in North America, South America, Europe, the CIS, China, and Southeast Asia, with each league having 16 participating teams split equally in an Upper and Lower Division.
Aside from introducing the regional league system, the new DPC format will also split the circuit into two seasons, with each concluding with a Major event featuring the best teams from each region, all leading up to The International 10 in August.
The DPC is set to begin on 18 January, with the regional leagues for North America, South America, Europe, CIS, and Southeast Asia running until 28 February. Meanwhile, the Chinese regional league will run until 14 March as it will be having a break in the middle of the season to accommodate the Chinese New Year on 12 February.
Mobile Legends M2 World Championship
Date: 18 - 24 January
The second Mobile Legends highlight event will be taking place in Singapore behind closed-doors at the Shangri-La Singapore! With teams from across the globe competing, it will be the first major esports event of the year in the country. A prize pool of US$300,000 and the bragging rights for being the best MLBB team in the world await the team that reaches the top.
LPL Spring 2021
Date: 9 January - 18 April
Venue: Shanghai, China
League of Legends (LoL) esports is on again, as the game’s competitive circuit in China has already kicked off the Spring split of its 2021 season. LPL Spring 2021 begins with its single round robin group stage, from 9 January to 28 March, to determine the seeding for its 17 participating teams in the playoffs, which is set for 1-18 April.
LPL Spring 2021 will have a CN¥4,200,000 (around US$650,000) prize pool, with the winner of the split taking the lion’s share of CN¥2,000,000 (over US$300,000) as well as a spot in this year’s Mid Season Invitational.
LCK Spring 2021
Date: 13 January - 28 March
Venue: Seoul, South Korea
LoL’s competitive circuit in South Korea will be the game’s second major esports league to kick off this year. The LCK’s Spring Split will run from 13 January to 28 March, starting with a double round robin group stage to determine the six out of the league’s 10 participating teams will make it to the playoffs.
LCK Spring 2021 will have a KR₩4,000,000,000 (over US$3,600,000) prize pool, with the winner of the split taking the lion’s share of KR₩2,000,000 (over US$180,000) as well as a spot in this year’s Mid Season Invitational.
Moon Studio Kagura Championships
Date: 12 - 17 January
Dota 2 fans eager to watch some action but can’t wait until the start of the DPC on 18 January should tune into the Moon Studio Kagura Championships from 12-17 January. This event gathers eight teams from China and Southeast Asia to compete for a cut of its US$15,000 prize pool.
Three teams participating in this event have also qualified for the DPC; namely Filipino squad Neon Esports in the Upper Division of the Southeast Asian regional league as well as Chinese teams Dragon and Xtreme Gaming in the Lower Division of the Chinese regional league.
SEA Fire Championship 2020
Date: 15 December 2020 - 14 January 2021
The first-ever SEA Fire Championship for Valorant features 16 of the best teams in the region competing for a US$5,000 prize pool, with an additional US$500 set aside for the top-performing players of the tournament.
The tournament’s group stage will run until 28 December, after which the participating teams will have a short break before the week-long playoffs begin on 7-14 January next year.
There’s a good mix of squads from most countries in the region competing in the tournament; with Bren Esports representing the Philippines, Team SMG and Team nxl for Singapore, as well as Attack All Around and MiTH.Attitude for Thailand, among others. India and South Korea each have their own representatives here too, so it’ll be a good chance to see how those countries stack up against the best SEA has to offer.
Cyber Games Arena Valorant Pacific Open+
Date: 14 - 26 January
One of the first Valorant events of the new year in Southeast Asia, the Cyber Games Arena Pacific Open+ gathers 16 of the best teams in the region to compete for their cut of a US$15,000 prize pool.
Two teams will be directly invited to the event, with the rest of the participating teams having to go through qualifiers for each country in the region. The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan will each have two representatives in the event.
Malaysia Esports Championship
Date: December 2020 - January 2021
Local Malaysian initiative Esports Integrated, under the purview of the country’s Ministry of Youth and Sports, has launched the Malaysia Esports Championship to help foster the esports scene in Malaysia. The event will have a RM100,000 (just over US$24,000) split across four titles, namely: Dota 2, MLBB, PUBG Mobile, and FIFA 21.
The event will be split across three weeks of competition, with Week 1 taking place from 21-26 December, Week 2 from 28 December to 2 January next year, and Week 3 from 4-9 January. Weeks 1 and 2 will be dedicated for MLBB, PUBG Mobile, and FIFA 21, while Week 3 is solely dedicated to Dota 2.
Capcom Cup 2020
Date: 19-21 February
Venue: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The biggest Street Fighter 5 tournament from Capcom will be happening soon, after many qualifier tournaments. Features a US$200,000 prize pool.
The most notable Southeast Asian and Asian players who are in the running for this Street Fighter 5 tournament are:
Meta.us Philippines Dota 2 Leagues
Date: Every Thursday and Friday, August 2020 to January 2021
Time: 8pm (GMT +8)
Filipino Dota 2 players of all skills levels, there's a special league just for you! JBL has teamed up with esports platform meta.us to create a weekly Dota 2 league running for a grand total of 6 months all the way to January 2021.
Players can register weekly for their Open series to play in a 32-team single elimination competition happening every Thursday and Friday at 8pm (GMT +8).
This league features a ranking system which will promote teams that place high consistently in the Opens into Junior and later Senior series. Not playing but want to catch the newest Filipino Dota 2 teams in action? Tune in at www.facebook.com/metamaster during competition time to watch the livestream casted by Lupon WxC!
PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season 0 (Worldwide)
Date: 24 November - January
Venue: Online and offline
The PUBG Corporation and Tencent Games are hosting the yearly global championships featuring the best teams from all over the world. It also features a prize pool of US$2 million.
The Southeast Asian teams who are qualified include:
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